Dr Ali Hadavizadeh


Top tips on launching and scaling a new venture

About Dr Ali Hadavizadeh

Ali has recently joined Royal Agricultural University team as Programme Manager in the newly established, ESIF/gfirst LEP funded, Farm491 AgriTech Incubator to support start-up activities in Agriculture https://farm491.com. With a degree and PhD in Horticulture from University of Bath, Ali is a commercially astute professional with business management and not for profit experience gained on an international stage showcased in an entrepreneurial spirit in 1992 by establishing a multi-million pound turn-over food processing company in the UK – selling the business at a profit in 2008. Ali’s 30 years career spans a diverse range of Agri sectors which includes research, commercial and social enterprises. His career began at John Innes Research Institute as higher scientific Officer and then moved to Brinkman Horticultural Services as Integrated Pest Management specialist promoting the use of beneficial insects in protected crops. The journey continued at Saphire Produce as Crop Specialist charged with developing a robust all year round fresh legume production and availability schedule for major UK supermarkets. He then ran his own edible nut processing business for 16 years and recently worked as Deputy Head of Enterprise and Innovation Centre at University of Bath supporting community and student start-ups with credible business propositions.

Many entrepreneurs with good business idea fall at the first hurdle because they haven’t found or engaged with the right business advice and support to help and guide them during crucial early days of company formation. If you are thinking of launching a new business, do you know what are the essential building blocks of a successful business and how a business incubator can help you to prepare, launch and scale your proposition from an idea to a sustainable venture?

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